Taught course

Money, Banking and Wealth Management

Institution
University of Buckingham · School of Humanities
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:

  • a first or a good second class honours degree from a recognised university, or
  • a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience
Mature students

Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Particularly relevant given all the changes introduced in banking and financial markets during the last global financial crisis as well as the changes made by major central banks in the running of their monetary policies since then.

The programme pays particular attention to the changes introduced by major central banks since March 2020, with the outbreak of Covid-19 crisis, as well as to the launch of new digital currencies by central banks and the private sector. This all emphasises again the importance of high quality monetary and banking analysis so we can assess those policies compatible with stable economic growth and financial stability over the long term.

Expert knowledge of monetary economics and monetary policy, risk management and financial institutions is going to be of crucial importance and this programme aims to produce graduates with this specialised knowledge and the skills required for a career in central banking and finance, in particular in investment banking, wealth management as well as monetary analysis suitable to pursue a career in research departments and specialised media.

We offer two entry points, one in September and one in January, as well as a part-time programme, ideal for those seeking a flexible way to further their education and careers in money and banking.

The majority of the programme consists of the following modules:

  • Financial Analysis and Asset Management (15 credits) – Asset management techniques will be thoroughly analysed, and particular emphasis will be placed upon modern portfolio management theory.
  • Central Banking (1): History, Strategies and Operations (15 credits) – Learning the theoretical and analytical tools required to understand central bank roles and policy strategies.
  • Money, New Means of Payments and Investment Strategy (15 credits) – The module will address new financial and digital technology and their impact on monetary policy and regulatory issues. It will also focus on how to use monetary analysis and investment strategy in a modern economy.
  • Central Banking (2): Monetary Policy and Financial Stability (15 credits) – Identifying how monetary policy is designed and implemented by leading central banks.
  • The Central Bank, The Banking System and the Macroeconomy (15 credits) – Analysing how money is created and how changes in the amount of money affect prices and output along the business cycle.
  • Banking Risk Management (15 credits) – Learning about bank risk assessment and changes in bank regulation.
  • Empirical Techniques and Research Methods (30 credits) – Becoming proficient in statistical techniques using specialised software to gather and analyse macroeconomic and financial data.
  • MSc Dissertation (60 credits) – At the end of the programme students will submit a master’s dissertation with comprehensive research work on one of the topics addressed in the programme.

Students will have the option to study for an accreditation in financial risk management with the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), ideal for those interested in entering the risk management industry.

The programme covers fundamental concepts of the risk management profession and has become a well-known benchmark in this market both in the UK and in the rest of the world.

The teaching staff of our master’s programme will offer extra academic support to the students who opt to take the exam. The cost of the PRM certificate course is covered, however the exam fee needs to be covered by those taking the exam.

This certificate will put students seeking a career in the financial and banking services industries at a considerable advantage.

Information for international students

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,450
International students
£15,120

Please visit our website to see our current tuition fees for this programme: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/msc-in-money-banking-and-wealth-management.

Scholarships available: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/bursaries-and-scholarships/.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Professors and lecturers

The Money, Banking and Central Banking programme is taught by leading monetary and banking academics and market practitioners.

Amongst other members of the staff, students will benefit from having Professors Geoffrey Wood, Forrest Capie and Tim Congdon as members of the teaching team, all with a recognised career in this field and with experience in providing consultancy and expert advice at the highest governmental policy level in the UK.

In addition, students will benefit from guest lectures by international experts in the field.

Assessment methods

The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. At the end of the programme, students will submit a master’s dissertation with comprehensive research work on one of the topics addressed in the programme.

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

Name
Gail Grimston
Email
gail.grimston@buckingham.ac.uk
Phone
+441280820227